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Merkel rebukes US, Britain over surveillance

German Chancellor Angela Merkel issued a strong rebuke to the United States and Britain on Wednesday over sweeping surveillance and spying activities reported by fugitive IT contractor Edward Snowden. In a major speech to parliament ahead of talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday, Merkel said that Western powers sacrificing freedom in the quest for security were sending the wrong signal to "billions of people living in undemocratic states".

Hollande's 'courageous' reforms find favour in Germany

Germany welcomed Wednesday the beleaguered French president's "courageous" plan to spur the economy as a rapprochement towards its own approach but analysts were sceptical about real change. Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, a Social Democrat in conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel's right-left "grand coalition", said Hollande's proposals marked a bold step.

German-US talks on 'no-spying' accord ongoing

Germany and the United States said Tuesday that their negotiations on forging a "no-spying" agreement in the wake of the NSA espionage scandal were still ongoing. The comments came hard on the heels of German media reports that the discussions on a pact with Washington to formally block US snooping within its borders were set to fail. "The discussions are continuing," Germany's DPA news agency reported Chancellor Angela Merkel as having told her conservative parliamentary group, citing meeting participants.

Germany dismisses report "no-spy" talks with US close to collapse

By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel's government on Tuesday brushed aside a report that talks with Washington to prevent further U.S. spying on German ministers faced collapse, saying it continued to push for a deal on the politically explosive issue. Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said talks about reaching a "no-spy" agreement were proceeding. He would not comment directly on a Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper report that they were close to failing due to U.S. intransigence.

Angela Merkel to visit Israel end February

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit Israel at the end of February at the invitation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, for annual talks between the two governments, a statement said Thursday. Government spokesman Steffen Seibert said the two leaders had a phone conversation Thursday in which Netanyahu "invited the German government for talks at the end of February which must take place in Israel this year."

Obama invites Merkel to Washington after phone-tap row

US President Barack Obama on Wednesday invited German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Washington in an effort to mend fences after a diplomatic crisis provoked by revelations of US eavesdropping on her mobile phone. Obama called Merkel to wish her a speedy recovery after her recent skiing injury and invited her to visit at a "mutually agreeable time in the coming months," the White House said in a statement.

Obama invites Merkel to visit Washington after phone tap row

US President Barack Obama Wednesday launched an effort to repair ties with German Chancellor Angela Merkel after a diplomatic crisis provoked by revelations of US eavesdropping on her mobile phone. Obama called Merkel to wish her a speedy recovery after her recent skiing injury and invited her to visit Washington at a "mutually agreeable time in the coming months," the White House said in a statement. col/jm

Germany's Merkel cancels trips after ski accident

Berlin, Jan 6 (EFE).- German Chancellor Angela Merkel will have to take it easy for the next three weeks after fracturing her pelvis while cross-country skiing in Switzerland. The accident occurred prior to New Year's Day and the 59-year-old German leader initially thought the injury was just a bruise. But once back in Berlin, Merkel decided to see her doctor, who diagnosed the fracture and prescribed reduced physical activity for three weeks.

Merkel forced to cancel meetings after ski accident

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was injured in a fall while cross-country skiing in Switzerland forcing her to stay off her feet and cancel meetings, her spokesman said Monday, just as her new government got down to business. Taking reporters by surprise, Steffen Seibert said that Merkel, 59, had cancelled two meetings with international leaders this week and also cut back her schedule for the next three weeks while she recovers.

Merkel sees progress in overcoming Europe's crisis

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a speech in parliament on Wednesday that the euro zone crisis had not yet been overcome but that first signs of success were evident, especially in countries like Ireland and Spain. Speaking a day after being sworn in for her third term, Merkel also called for European member states to commit to binding economic reform contracts, saying the founding flaws of the single currency union needed to be addressed urgently.
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